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Re: Whine - I want my console back

Michael Schwendt wrote:

On Mon, 27 Jun 2005 07:33:01 -0700, jdow wrote:

I had to copy the file again. "Oops!")


Ok :) Use "chattr +i" for the lib file - but write it down somewhere to
remember, so you can revert this modification when there is a fixing
update out.

Um, maybe it's easier and safer to remember to make the change with each
update if it is needed. And then I have an excuse to embarrass folks if
they do not fold this into the next set of xorg-X11 fixes.

{^,-} (Hey, I have a reputation to uphold. I'm a fussy old biddy.)

Well, considering that I reported the problem on 2005-03-16 for FC4 Test1 already and many other users with different chipsets reported the same and similar issues later, I'm quite disappointed that so far there have not been any resources available to look into it.

Since xorg-x11 6.8.2 is also an update for FC3 and doesn't suffer from the
same symptoms, it smells quite like GCC 4.0.0 could be the culprit -- in
ASM code maybe? We have not even been provided with X packages built
without -O2 just for testing.

The only thing which doesn't make me feel fed up with FC4 with regard to
this is the libvgahw.a work-around.  No virtual consoles for several
graphics chipsets is a blocker, IMHO.

With the original problem that I noticed on an Intel (Blue border) vs. the MGA with a green border, someone closer to the source commented on a file called xf86Mode.c having an influence on the problem.

An excerpt from bug 3557 0n freedesk.org is below. The reasoning for the borders sounds solid to me.


Yes, the blue borders is quite funny really. But it has nothing to do with
vgaHW, it has however to do with xf86Mode.c imposing old VGA blanking length
restrictions. The blue actually is the result of a wrong setup of the overscan
colour or palette. The blanking limit was worked around by overscanning, which,
when decently set up, tends to be black. But overscanning is archaic and might
confuse output devices depending on a blank signal.

Anyone who stands out in the middle of a road looks like roadkill to me.
       -- Linus Torvalds

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